As the joke goes, Sean Bean is really good at dying. But he’s never died better than in his performance as Ned Stark. (Let’s just say heads literally rolled.)
But a question has plagued the Game of Thrones fandom ever since that fateful scene in Season 1, Episode 9. What was Ned muttering under his breath right as the sword came down? The theories were plentiful for those who wanted to cling to their final moment with the Stark patriarch.
Some believed he whispered the show’s mantra: “valar morghulis,” a silent acceptance that all men must die. Or, before Jon’s parentage was confirmed in the latest season, some even believed Ned was, for some reason, quietly revealing the biggest secret of the series to no one in particular. Perhaps most devastatingly (and convincingly), many theorized he was assuring his beloved dead sister Lyanna that he’d kept his promise to not reveal Jon’s true Targaryen lineage. Read more…
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